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Daniel Dye Carries Building Momentum to Second-Place Run at Nashville

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All of the attention following Friday’s NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series event at Nashville Superspeedway was focused on Christian Eckes, who had just become the first driver in nearly a decade to lead every single lap of a NASCAR National Series event, scoring his third win of 2024.

That attention was no doubt well-deserved, especially when considering the rarity of the accomplishment by Eckes, but in all of the post-race hubbub, a career evening for teammate Daniel Dye was overshadowed in a major way.

A native of Deland, Florida, Dye only bolstered the successes of McAnally-Hilgemann Racing in the Rackley Roofing 200, finishing a career-best second place behind only his race-winning teammate. It’s only the second time the organization has swept the top two spots in a Truck Series event.

Friday’s performance was easily the best of Dye’s career in the NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series, running the race’s entire 150-lap distance inside the top-15, while also putting down the best average running position of his career, and first inside the top five (4.50).

In the final stages of the race, Dye managed to get into second place, but couldn’t quite track down Eckes, who stretched out a gap of more than two seconds in the final 32-lap green-flag run.

It’s not just a one-off good run, either. In his second year running full-time in the NASCAR Truck Series, Dye has stepped it up in a major way, collecting five top-10 finishes in the opening 13 events of the 2024 season, compared to his single top-10 with GMS Racing last year, which came at Talladega Superspeedway.

“I maintained well the first couple of laps but [Eckes] seemed to be a tick better,” Dye said after the race. “He might have been getting to the gas a little sooner than I was, we were close all night which is a really good feeling. Christian has been doing this for a while and won a lot of races. It’s awesome for our MHR team to finish one-two, especially with all the people from NAPA here, it’s a great feeling.”

With additional repetitions – no matter the series – comes more confidence for the 20-year-old racer, who in addition to his duties in the NASCAR Truck Series this year, has also picked up a part-time slate in the NASCAR Xfinity Series with Kaulig Racing.

Just two weeks before Friday’s career-best effort, Dye was able to lay down his first-ever top-10 in the Xfinity Series, bringing the No. 10 Race to Stop Suicide Chevrolet home in 10th-place in the Hy-Vee PERKS 250 at Iowa Speedway.

The momentum is building at the perfect time for the McAnally-Hilgemann Racing driver, as the NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series approaches its final three regular-season events of 2024 at Pocono, IRP, and Richmond. After a stellar run at Nashville, Dye sits just 14 points below the cutline, as he chases TRICON Garage’s Tanner Gray for the final spot in the post-season.

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